Gum Disease Symptoms: Gum Recession in Braintree, MA
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One of the first symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease is gum recession. This is a common symptom that often goes unnoticed. Gum recession is gradual, therefore many patients do not see the effects until it is quite advanced. Recognizing gum recession and receiving treatment as early as possible can help to prevent the advancement of periodontal disease and the damage that it causes. Gum disease treatment in Braintree, MA can be performed by periodontist, Dr. Thomas Mone.
Periodontal disease is often the cause of gum recession. Gum recession occurs when the tissue surrounding the teeth becomes inflamed and pulls away from the tooth. The root of the tooth becomes exposed as the tissue recedes. Patients may begin to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when the root is exposed. Patients may also notice that their teeth appear to be longer and there will be a noticeable notch where the gum line used to be.
Gum disease can create pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets produce a space for disease causing bacteria to accumulate. Bacteria can cause damage to the supporting tissue and to the bone structure of the teeth resulting in tooth loss. As structure loss occurs, the attachment level between the gums and the teeth recedes, causing gum recession.
As a symptom of gum disease, receding gums can accelerate an already existing problem and cause further damage. Some patients have a genetic predisposition to gum disease and may develop periodontal disease regardless of their oral hygiene habits. Regular dental cleanings can help to keep the disease from progressing. Deep cleanings, also called scaling and root planing, may be necessary.
Do not ignore receding gums. Prevent further damage by setting an evaluation appointment with Dr. Mone who provides gum disease treatment in Braintree, MA. Call for your appointment today and begin a treatment plan to prevent further damage caused by periodontal disease.